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Wilmington, DE 19801
|Subject: Holiday Traditions in the Greater Wilmington Area|
Experience the magic of the holidays in Greater Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley. From November to January, the region celebrates the season! Discover the magnificent du Pont mansions decorated for the holidays, fantastic outdoor lighting displays and glorious indoor gardens. Enjoy fine dining experiences and fabulous performances and don't miss Greater Wilmington's wonderful tax-free shopping opportunities. Be here when Santa Claus arrives in a whirlybird at the American Helicopter Museum or take a ride with Santa aboard the Wilmington & Western Railroad, one of the country's oldest steam-powered locomotives. There's lots to do and if you need help planning a visit, call the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 489-6664 or check www.VisitWilmingtonDE.com.
One of Wilmington's most unique yuletide events is the Sankta Lucia celebration on December 9 in Old Swedes Church, originally built in 1698. This moving celebration combines two traditions-the pagan ritual of worshipping the Sun God at Midwinter and the Christian Christmas. Lucia walks down the church aisle with candlelight in her hair on the darkest morning of the year. Afterwards, guests are invited to tour the Hendrickson House Museum which is decorated for a Swedish Christmas.